For about half the cost of going to a movie, my wife and I were kept entertained Friday night by the show that is the Riverhead Blue Waves girls basketball team.
My wife isn’t a big basketball fan, but there she was, up on her feet for much of the game as the Waves scratched and clawed their way ahead of the Baldwin Bruins in Farmingdale to win the Long Island championship.
Web editor Grant Parpan and I were especially nervous when the waves were down, because under our feet sat a box of 500 full-color glossy mock-up front pages of the Riverhead News-Review, posters announcing the team Long Island champs. Grant could barely speak as the team went down by 10 points in the 2nd quarter. “We’re the biggest jinx around!” was all he kept saying. (Not that I was the steady, calming voice of confidence.)
We waited until the last buzzer sounded and the game was officially over before opening that box. Then we were swarmed. It was awesome to then see the players autographing them for their fans. (See photo.) Riverhead point guard Jalyn Brown told News-Review sports editor Bob Liepa she felt like a celebrity.
Jalyn and the rest of the Waves will feel like even bigger celebrities this weekend, as they head off to the state championship tournament in Troy, N.Y. How do they match up? Check back at RiverheadNewsReview.com this week for previews by sports editors Bob Liepa and Joe Werkmeister.
Then be sure to follow along on our live blogs if you can’t make the games, for the most detailed coverage of the play-by-play anywhere. As one commenter said during Friday night’s live blog, it’s really like being at the game.
For me, Daylight Savings Time is the true beginning of spring, and everything that goes with it.
So have that second cup of coffee and enjoy it.
Michael White is the editor of the Riverhead News-Review. He can be reached by email or at (631) 298-3200, ext. 152.